Thousands students march in Lima against education reform

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Thousands students march in Lima against education reform

Thousands of students marched in Peru’s capital Lima on Monday in defense of quality education. They took to the streets as congress decides on the future of the country’s reforming education minister.

CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reports.

Thousands students march in Lima against education reform

Thousands students march in Lima against education reform

Thousands of students marched in Peru’s capital Lima on Monday in defense of quality education. They took to the streets as congress decides on the future of the country’s reforming education minister. CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reports.

Students chanted ‘Education must be respected.’

Seeing their futures under threat, university students across the capital marched into downtown Lima.

Peru’s popular education minister Jaime Saavedra faces a no-confidence motion in the opposition-dominated Congress.

Supporters of former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori accuse him of a specific case of corruption.

But analysts said the political opposition wants to overturn Saavedra’s so-called ‘university law’, which seeks to supervise higher education.

As the political opposition threatens to impeach the education minister, potentially jeopardizing higher education reforms, students are taking to streets to tell the politicians not to mess with their future.

They were joined by rights groups, workers unions and ordinary citizens amid a heavy police presence.